Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC flyweight title for the first time Saturday night, taking a hard-fought unanimous decision over John Dodson in the main event of UFC on Fox 6.

In Dodson, Johnson faced arguably his greatest test at 125 pounds to date. After a competitive first frame, “The Magician” proved his status as No. 1 contender was warranted in the second stanza, when he twice dropped “Mighty Mouse” with hard left hooks.

“The first couple of rounds were hard. He showed some stuff that I wasn’t ready for, and I had to dig deep like a champion and pull through and keep the pressure on him,” said Johnson. “He was fast. I should have just followed the game plan, but I was getting greedy and too excited, and I was standing there, brawling with him. Then I got caught. I got up, and I was like, ‘You’re alright. Just relax and breathe, and you’re going to get through it. You just got caught.’”

After hitting the deck in the second frame, Johnson saw his superior conditioning take over as the bout wore on. Though Dodson’s fast hands and explosiveness have proved a challenge for the champion the early going, it was Johnson who appeared the fresher of the men down the stretch, a fact that he attributes to both his preparation and Octagon experience.

“Anybody can be fast in the first couple of rounds. My wife is fast in the first round, but it’s a five-round fight. You’ve got to be fast all five rounds, and I am,” said Johnson. “Going five rounds with Joseph [Benavidez] and Dominick [Cruz] and six rounds with Ian McCall, that stuff is all under my belt. Now I went five rounds with a guy who isn’t faster than me, but he’s close. Going five rounds with him helps me out a lot. That’s what other fighters have to look forward to when they fight me.”

The championship rounds were particularly impressive for Johnson, despite accidentally catching a downed Dodson with an illegal knee to the head during a fourth-round flurry. Mighty Mouse then closed the distance on his hard-hitting foe in the final frame, controlling him in the clinch while punishing the challenger with knees, punches and elbows.

“If you look at all of John Dodson’s fights, he does not like to be in the clinch,” said Johnson. “When you’re clinching with Matt Hume and getting kneed by him on a daily basis, you’re ready for a knee from anybody in the flyweight or bantamweight division.”

Though Johnson is regarded by many as one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound talents, the AMC Pankration product says he is by no means satisfied with his resume as it currently stands.

“I’m just a hard worker,” said Dodson. “I know I still have lots to improve on. I’m ready to go back home and get ready for my next fight and keep on improving as a mixed martial artist.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 186 fight card: Demetrious Johnson vs Kyoji Horiguchi full fight preview

  • 28 days ago
  • 3 views

Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi will clash TONIGHT (April 25, 2015) at UFC 186 inside Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In this title match up, what adjustments must be made for either read news >>

How to watch Demetrious Johnson vs Kyoji Horiguchi UFC 186 'Prelims' fights live online

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Before the "Johnson vs. Horiguchi" mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) fight card gets underway later this evening (Sat., April 25, 2015) at 10 p.m. ET, live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, read news >>

Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi Predictions, Odds Before Start of UFC 186

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Kyoji Horiguchi has a big task ahead of him when he faces Demetrious Johnson at UFC 186. The 24-year-old has shown some promise since making his UFC debut in 2013. His 4-0 record in the Octagon and 1 read news >>

UFC 186 fight time, TV schedule for Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

  • 28 days ago
  • 11 views

The UFC 186 fight time, TV schedule is for the Johnson vs. Horiguchi event at the Bell Centre in Montreal, on Saturday night. The fight card is broken into three different parts, each airing on three read news >>

UFC 186 Demetrious Johnson vs Kyoji Horiguchi full fight video preview

  • 28 days ago
  • 58 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson will look to keep his dominant 125-pound title reign intact by turning away top-ranked division contender Kyoji Horiguchi in read news >>

UFC 186: Toe to Toe Preview - A complete breakdown of Demetrious Johnson vs Kyoji Horiguchi

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

David and Phil break down everything you need to know about the main event, and everything you don't about young dinosaurs for UFC 186 in the land of Carey Price and PK Subban this weekend. Demetriou read news >>

Demetrious Johnson Says He Could Take Out Floyd Mayweather in 15 Seconds (Video)

  • 28 days ago
  • 64 views

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson talks about his upcoming UFC 186 title defense against Kyoji Horiguchi... and Floyd Mayweather. read news >>

Demetrious Johnson knows Henry Cejudo as a guy who 'couldn't make weight'

  • 29 days ago
  • 20 views

LOS ANGELES -- Undefeated Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo has as much hype on him as any prospect in the UFC's lighter weight classes. But the current kingpin of Cejudo's weight class, U read news >>

Matt Hume: Demetrious Johnson won't compromise who he is

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

MONTREAL – One person who is invested in the slow-to-catch on Demetrious Johnson mythos is his coach, Matt Hume, who has been with "Mighty Mouse" since day one. Hume, who runs the AMC Kickboxing and read news >>